A California aviation maintenance company is moving to Fort Worth because of the “business friendly” environment of Texas.
C&S Propeller said it will open a new headquarters facility in south Fort Worth next week with plans to employ more than a dozen workers. The company performs maintenance and overhaul repairs of propeller systems used by Lockheed Martin C130 Hercules aircraft.
“The company wanted to be focused in the DFW area, but everybody really agreed that Fort Worth had a better feel to it,” said Buddy Tobin, vice president and general manager.
The new headquarters will be at 8717 Forum Way, with the company occupying 18,000 square feet of manufacturing and office space. C&S Propeller was founded in 1968 and had been located in Southern California for almost 50 years.
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The majority of C&S Propeller’s customers — commercial operators such as firefighters and cargo haulers — are located on the West Coast or in Florida, making Fort Worth’s central location beneficial, Tobin said.
Fort Worth competed with several other cities for the headquarters facility, said David Berzina, executive vice president of economic development for the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce.
“They knew we had the workforce, people who had the experience they needed,” Berzina said. “They also referenced the fact that they plan on hiring veterans, so having the Naval Air Station here was a big plus for us.”
This is the second California aviation company to move to Fort Worth this year. Calcomp, a manufacturer of commercial aircraft engine composites, moved a dozen employees from its Santa Fe Springs, Calif., facility to a 25,000-square-foot manufacturing facility near Northeast Loop 820 and Blue Mound Road in north Fort Worth.